Sunday, July 10, 2005

London Calling

No, this is not the war The Clash was talking about. But it's here, it's been here and it isn't going away, since as I peruse other blogs, like Michelle Malkin and Mediacrity, I read that the British and American press are already toning down their coverage, or making complete asses of themselves. I suppose that was to be predicted. We have to constantly be reminded that "they're not all terrorists", and that these "bombers" as the BBC now refers to them, have "hijacked Islam". Yes those are the politically correct things to say, but a certain amount of ignorance of history or willingness to lie through one's teeth, is needed to mouth those platitudes. Fortunately we have the antidote to this idiocy readily available. There are two great recent essays over at VDH's Private Papers. One is by Victor Hanson, called The Same Old, Same Old, An Anatomy of the London Bombing.
The British may react very differently than the Spanish did after Madrid — by doing nothing rather than by retreating from Iraq.

In the corrupt West these days, that is something.

We all know the score of this war now in the near four years since September 11. The London bombings should remind us how the old tired game works.


Failed states in the Middle East — autocratic, statist, unfree, intolerant of women and other religions — blame the West for their self-inflicted miseries. Sometimes they are theocratic, like the late Taliban or the current Iranian mullahs. But more often they are dictatorial like the Syrians, Pakistanis, Saudis, or Egyptians, who all, in varying degrees and in lieu of reform, have come to accommodations with the terrorists to shift popular anguish onto the West and the Jews.

That is the Petri dish of Islamic fascism, an evil that will only disappear when the dictatorships that allow it or nourish it do as well.
The other one, by Bruce Thornton is, Jihad is Knocking, Another Episode in the War Between Christendom and Islam.
Indeed, what we call Islamic radicals are in fact Islamic traditionalists; it is the so-called “moderates” — those wanting to compromise Islam so it can coexist with Western ideas such as secular government, separation of church and state, and human rights — who are the radicals and innovators. The terrorists are simply fulfilling the traditional and orthodox command of their religion to battle the infidels who resist the revelation of Mohammed and the global socio-political order mandated by Islam.

Listen to one of the most respected and influential of Muslim clerics, Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, on the legitimacy of jihad: “It has been determined by Islamic law that the blood and property of people of Dar Al-Harb [the Domain of Disbelief where the battle for the domination of Islam should be waged] is not protected. Because they fight against and are hostile towards the Muslims, they annulled the protection of his blood and his property." (See Andrew Bostom:).This interpretation is entirely consistent with fourteen centuries of Islamic theology and jurisprudence, which in turn is based on the Koran's injunction to “slay them [infidels] wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter . . . . Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.” And this jihad is to continue “until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.”

Islam's divinely sanctioned entitlement to global domination explains the symbolic value of the London attacks: one day after London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympics, and right in the middle of the G8 summit in Scotland.
There are writers and scholars promoting an honest apraisal of Islam and insisting that we have to acknowledge that Jihad is alive and well. And there are certainly Imams and terrorists demonstrating with murder and mayhem that Jihad is preferable to living in peace with "the infidel" to a large segment of Islam. So why aren't Hollywood, our MSM, and political leaders listening?

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